By Pete Marshall: The St. Lucy’s volleyball team isn’t facing much adversity from its Sierra League opponents so far this season. On Tuesday, the Regents had to overcome what they perceived as a bit of adversity from officials. It still wasn’t enough, though, as St. Lucy’s swept Ayala 25-21, 25-12, 25-18 at Ayala High School.
GIRLS VOLLEYBALL TOP 10
1. St. Lucy’s (12-3)
2. Walnut (11-3)
3. South Hills (6-4)
4. Bonita (7-5)
5. Glendora (5-2)
6. Los Altos (9-4)
7. Ganesha (13-3)
8. San Dimas (8-3)
9. Gladstone (17-5)
10. Bishop Amat (10-3)
Notes: Normally, I don’t like leap-frogging a team when the team above has done everything asked of them, like Walnut did last week, sweeping two opponents. But it was just too hard to ignore what St. Lucy’s did last week. The Regents not only swept two opponents, but did it against two of the better teams in the Sierra League in Chino Hills and Glendora, and the Tartans also were our No. 1 team the past few weeks. St. Lucy’s now has defeated two teams ranked our top five its past two matches. It does set up a monster match on Thursday between Nos. 2 and 3 at South Hills. The two teams have split their last four matches, including the past two going five games. Thursday should be no different. Glendora dropped down four slots to No. 4, but when they get swept and the teams ahead of them all swept opponents, including Bonita winning in three against ranked Los Altos, it was explainable. Tonight we have a big non-league match between Los Altos and South Hills. But I will be at the big Montview League showdown between defending champion La Puente and preseason favorite Gladstone. Both teams are 4-0 in league play.
La Puente def. Gladstone, 25-14, 25-18, 20-25, 25-14 - The Warriors won their 20th consecutive Montview League match to take over the league title chase, improving to 8-10 and 5-0. Gladstone, ranked No. 5 in CIF-SS Division 4-A, slipped to 17-6, 4-1. Rocio Armendariz had 14 kills and Elisa Valenzuela had eight for La Puente. Marissa Flores led Gladstone with nine kills.
La Puente coach Daniel Krawiec: “It’s exciting beating Gladstone. The girls were nervous before the (match), but once it started we got into rhythm. This was the best we played all year.”
Gladstone coach Jeff Divine: “We were out of sync. One of our problems has been hitting errors, but lately we’ve been overcoming that.
“La Puente had a good defense, but our setting was inconsistent. The hitters were trying to things they couldn’t normally do.”
Bonita def. Diamond Ranch, 25-19, 25-22, 25-8
Wilson def.Charter Oak, 25-19, 20-25, 25-22, 25-15
San Antonio League
Walnut def. Nogales, 25-8, 25-7, 25-4
St. Lucy’s def. Ayala, 25-21, 25-12, 25-18
Glendora def. Chino Hills, 25-15, 25-20, 22-25, 26-24